This summer the movies will bring us superheroes, robots, mythological beasts, audacious science fiction, dragons and, yes, even a comedy Western. But which one will reign supreme? Here are the 20 summer movies we simply cannot wait to see.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
Two years after his latest reboot, the world's most popular web slinger is back for his biggest adventure yet. The wonderful Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return alongside franchise newcomers (and sinister baddies) Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx, but one question remains: will Spidey show off more dance moves?
Neighbors (May 9)
It's an ultimate showdown between suburban schlub Seth Rogen and the frat-tastic Zac Efron, with their blood, sweat and tears fueling our laughter. The whole family-vs.-frat-house plot sounds like a perfect nightmare scenario for generating comedic hijinks, and after This Is the End we'll follow Rogen anywhere.
Chef (May 9)
The subgenre of "comic dramas that make you literally salivate with hunger in your seat" is woefully underexplored, but Jon Favreau looks to resurrect it with Chef. The only immediate downside to Chef is that your ticket doesn't include a delicious and generous serving of spicy Cuban cuisine.
Godzilla (May 16)
The King of the Monsters is back and bigger than ever in Godzilla, which takes the world's most famous radioactive dinosaur-monster back to his roots as a figure of menace and mass destruction. Who will roar louder: Godzilla or fans hungry to devour the year’s most anticipated monster movie?
Million Dollar Arm (May 16)
We can already tell you everything that happens in Million Dollar Arm based on the trailer, but we fully expect Jon Hamm's charm (and his astonishing chin) to cut through all of the familiar baseball-movie clichés.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
Director Bryan Singer returns to the genre he launched with the biggest X-Men movie yet, merging the cast of the original trilogy with those newbies from First Class via the power of time travel. If that means nothing to you, then just think of it as The Avengers of X-Men movies.
Maleficent (May 30)
Few modern movie stars have the mystique of Angelina Jolie and few classic villains are as iconic as Maleficent. When you cast the former as the latter in a revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, you have more than earned our attention. Also: have you seen those horns?
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
Seth MacFarlane's Ted was one of the funniest comedies in recent years, and now he's back with an ultraviolent Western parody filled with even more filthy, R-rated hilarity. You’ll feel dirty after watching it for sure, but sometimes those are the best movies.
Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
It’s like a sci-fi remake of Groundhog Day about a soldier reliving the last day of his life during an alien invasion. Plus it stars Tom Cruise in a giant, badass mech suit. Sold!
The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)
The summer movie season may feature tons of action and explosions, but sometimes you just need a good cry. The Fault in Our Stars follows Shailene Wodley and Ansel Elgort as two young people who fall in love after meeting in a cancer support group and… we… can… already… feel… the…tears… coming…
22 Jump Street (June 13)
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller conquered family entertainment with The Lego Movie earlier this year, and now they're looking to win over the older with a sequel to the one of our favorite comedies. This time Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a college. Outrageous hijinks (and plenty of keg stands) will ensue.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
Your favorite animated dragons return to the big screen in How to Train Your Dragon 2, which looks to blend comedy and adventure into a perfect cocktail that you’ll need to devour in 3D because, well, dragons. C’mon!
Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
Action extraordinaire Michael Bay returns to the Transformers franchise for a fourth explosive installment, but this time he brings a new cast that includes Mark Wahlberg and exotic international locations. But really we just want to see Mark Wahlberg punch a giant robot. This needs to happen.
Snowpiercer (June 27)
Snowpiercer is a postapocalyptic sci-fi thriller that takes the subject of class warfare (a huge box office draw after The Hunger Games!) and puts it on board a train, pitting Chris Evans against Tilda Swinton in a battle over the future of humanity. Captain America vs. the White Witch? We're so in.
Deliver Us from Evil (July 2)
From the director of the super-creepy Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil is like a buddy-cop version of The Exorcist, where a cop teams up with a priest to battle demonic possessions. Who wins when Satan battles the law? Trick question: we all do.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes injected new life into one of the best sci-fi franchises of all time and the follow-up looks darker, bigger and more intense. This time Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke are tasked with surviving an impending ape invasion, and something tells us bananas probably won’t save the day.
Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
Few filmmakers can deliver big, thought-provoking sci-fi like the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas), and Jupiter Ascending looks like their most ambitious movie to date. Where else will we find elements of Snow White, Cinderella, Star Wars and Channing Tatum all in one movie? Oh, and did we mention Mila Kunis? Bet that got your attention.
Hercules (July 25)
With biceps bigger than your head and pectoral muscles the size of truck tires, Dwayne Johnson was literally born to play the greatest warrior in Greek mythology.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
The only summer blockbuster to ever star a ballsy, gun-toting raccoon and a giant tree as an action hero, Guardians of the Galaxy is the last of the 2014 Marvel movies; a wildly outrageous space adventure that may just be the next Star Wars.
The Giver (August 15)
This big-budget adaptation of the popular young-adult novel tells of a future world without sickness or war, and follows one young man as he uncovers the secrets of how society became so perfect in the first place. Plus it stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, who are sure to make this a perfect way to end your summer.